Tax revenue coming from shale, oil, and gas development has many states very happy, but the boom is also putting a strain on regulators. There are not enough of them to inspect all the drilling sites. Colorado, for example, has 17 inspectors for more the 47,000 active oil and gas wells. Kirk Siegler reports from member station KUNC.
KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Each day, Jim Precobb(ph) of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission logs about 400 miles in his state-owned truck.
Denver was the location for a U.S. Congressional field hearing on hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday. Panelists and members of Congress debated whether the fracking process is safe, and if federal regulations would be overreaching.
A bill that would legalize civil unions in Colorado faces a key test at the State House this week. While the measure has an uncertain future with lawmakers – a recent survey suggests a majority of Coloradans favor passage of a civil unions bill.
A recent survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic survey company, suggests a majority of Coloradans – 62% - favor passage of a state civil unions bill. The bill is scheduled for a hearing this Thursday in the same house committee where it failed last year by one vote.